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Brainerd Library Newsletter: August 2015

Adult Programs and News:  August 2015


Summer Reading, It’s Not Just for Kids…

(Program ends and prize forms are due by Memorial Day, September 7.)

This summer at the Library, readers of all ages are looking for heroes. Our challenge for Adult Readers this summer is to share their reaction to at least 4 books before Labor Day. There are just 2 things to do. You will be a Brainerd Library “Haddam Hero” if:

1) the author or title of each book begin with a different letter of the word “HERO,” and

2) you rate each book as a “HERO” or a “Villain.”

Print or pick up a reading form with the challenge directions from the main desk of the Library and become a “Haddam Hero” this summer. Return the completed form by September 7 and be entered in a drawing to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1 with a 10” screen! Multiple entries are allowed and may make you into a Superhero.

You must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Staff, Board Members, and their families not eligible to win prize.

For more information and a summer reading form, please call the Library at 860 345-2204 or visit

Family Craft Night: My Hero’s Masks Tells a Story (All Ages)

Thursday, August 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

CREATE YOUR OWN HERO’S MASK! For this first Family Craft Night, we ask you to bring your son, daughter, mother, father, grandfather, or grandmother as we connect generations and make hero’s masks together. Children, teens and adults are all welcome to join us as we listen to an Old Time Radio tale from the 1940s that introduces a classic Superhero who will soon be in a theater near you. Every person will leave at the end of the night with their own Hero’s Masks based in their very own “origin story.” All materials will be provided. Class size is limited to 20. Please sign up early.

Please call, stop by the library or register online ( for this program.

REEL Summer Classics: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Wednesday, August 26 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm

Since he was Harper Lee’s friend from childhood, we chose this film based on a Truman Capote novella as a slightly different 20th century view on the world. Audrey Hepburn plays NY socialite Holly Golightly, whose name contradicts her effect on everyone around her. Movie will be shown in the Library Community Room.

Avoid disappointment by registering in advance for our programs. We cancel programs with fewer than the minimum number of registrants.

 Book Clubs

 Healthy Exchange Book Club

We’re taking July and August off but will resume normal meetings in September.

If you’d like to join us, please come to the Library Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm. We will discuss: Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life by Allen Frances

Brainerd Library Book Club

Join us for the Brainerd Library Book Club! Open to all who love to read and talk. This Book Club meets monthly.

Thursday, August 27 at 6:30 pm

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question. What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?


When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it was his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

 Copies of Book Club books available at the Library.

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 New Tech Help

FREE One-on-One Computer Help!

Drop-In on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 4:00 to 8:00 PM

 Brainerd Memorial Library’s new Computer Instruction Librarian, Michael Sweeney, is available to help with basic computer issues such as:

  • creating and saving documents
  • printing
  • creating an email account and sending email
  • saving to a USB drive
  • connecting to the Library Wi-Fi… and more!

Or make an appointment for a 30-minute one-on-one session on a specific topic for help. To make an appointment, please call 860-345-2204 or email [email protected].

 Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser

Saturday, September 12 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Save the date for Touch-a-Truck on the Higganum Village Green! Bring the family to the Green to see the trucks up close and personal. Talk to the truck operators. Learn about how the trucks are used. Water will be available for purchase. Donations will be greatly appreciated. Please come out to support the Library. Proceeds benefit the Library.

 Community Yard Sale

Saturday, October 3 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

 Reserve a spot at the Library for the Community Yard Sale! A 10‘ x 10’ spot rental is $25.00. A limited number of tables will be available for rent for $5.00 each. Rain date is Sunday, October 4. Please contact Cindy Muhlbach in the library (860-345-2204 or [email protected]) for more information or to reserve a spot. Payments may be made by check or cash and must be in by Friday, October 2 at 2:00 pm in the library. Proceeds benefit the Library.

Friends’ Corner

 National Friends of the Library Week – Display Case

The Friends are looking for old photos and other library memorabilia for the October display case in the Library. National Friends of the Library week is October 18-24. Please leave items, including your name and phone number at the Library marked for Helen. Also, please let us know if you would like them back. Deadline to drop off items is September 15.

 Yard Sale

The Friends will be at the Community Yard Sale at the Library on Saturday, October 3 from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm. Used books will be sold for $2.00 per bag. In addition, there will be some Brainerd Library t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, book bags, and flash drives for sale. Be sure to mark your calendar!

Book and Media Sale

The Friend’s Book Nook, located downstairs in the Community Room, is open for purchasing used books, DVDs, CDs, etc., during Library hours. Prices range from $.25 to $2.00. Newly donated items are being added to the shelves each week.


All proceeds benefit Library programming and collection development.

 2015 Membership

Become a Friend today! The annual membership forms were recently mailed to all town residences. Unfortunately, the printer incorrectly printed and mailed an old form. Please note that this is indeed for the 2015 membership drive. The Friends contribute to the Library’s collection, programs and services. Please help support the Library by becoming a Friend.

Brainerd Memorial Library Merchandise Sale

T-shirts ($15 each) available in new colors (lilac, gray, royal blue, navy blue, and maroon) in sizes medium to xx large

Hats ($15 each) in beige and navy blue

Sweatshirts ($15 each) in a variety of colors and sizes

Mugs ($8 each)

Book bags ($15 each), which include an inside Velcro closure pocket for your library card. When you purchase the book bag, you may fill it with books from the Friends’ Book Nook for free.

All proceeds benefit library programming and collection development.


Looking for a fun and rewarding way to support the Library and meet other people with similar interests? Volunteer with the Friends! The Friends meet every Thursday morning in the Community Room to sort and shelve donated books. Flexible times and days are available. Please contact Mary at [email protected] for details.

Summer Hours and Closing

From July through Labor Day, summer hours are in effect at the Library. Summer hours are:

Tuesday-Thursday 10 AM – 8 PM

Friday 10 AM – 4 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 1 PM

Teen Advisory Board Top Pick

The Teen Advisory Board has chosen Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi as their Top Pick for the month. In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl. If you like post-apocalyptic novels such as Hunger Games, you will enjoy this exciting story. Come check it out at Brainerd today!

Check Out Some of the Library’s New Arrivals!

Fiction Books

(from the New York Times Best Sellers List)

  • The English Spy by Daniel Silva
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Truth or Die by James Patterson
  • Finders Keepers by Stephen King
  • The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
  • In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark
  • Tom Clancy Under Fire by Grant Blackwood

Nonfiction Books

(from the New York Times Best Sellers List)

  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari with Eric Klinenberg (On Order)
  • Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison (On Order)
  • Dead Wake by Erik Larson
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  • The Road to Character by David Brooks
  • Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow
  • Ally by Michael B. Oren (On Order)
  • The Quartet by Joseph J. Ellis
  • The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck (On Order)

Fiction Books on CD

  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • The Insider Threat by Brad Taylor
  • Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb
  • Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
  • Scents and Sensibility by Spencer Quinn
  • The Stranger by Harlan Coben

Nonfiction Books on CD

  • Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Fiction DVDs

  • Alex of Venice
  • Chappie
  • Cymbeline
  • It Follows
  • Kingsman
  • McFarland USA
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  • The Duff
  • The Gunman
  • The Lazarus Effect
  • The Longest Ride
  • The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Woman in Gold

Television Series DVDs

  • Glee, Season 6
  • House of Cards, Season 3
  • Orange is the New Black, Season 2

Foreign DVDs

  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  • Sandcastle
  • Tangerines
  • Timbuktu
  • Winter Sleep

Nonfiction DVDs

  • A Lot Like You
  • Farewell Herr Schwarz
  • Nova. Manhunt: Boston Bombers
  • The Girls in the Band
  • The Trouble with Chicken

Items can be reserved through the Library’s Online Catalog or by calling us at 860-345-2204.

Pre-Publication Alerts

 The books listed below have not yet been released by their publishers, but are certain to be in high demand. You may place a hold on them now and be among the first in line to borrow them. Please be aware that the book publication dates are often changed, delayed and sometimes cancelled.

 The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

Brooks takes on one of literature’s richest and most enigmatic figures: a man who shimmers between history and legend. Peeling away the myth to bring David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, Brooks traces the arc of his journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage.

The Secret Chord provides new context for some of the best-known episodes of David’s life while also focusing on others, even more remarkable and emotionally intense, that have been neglected. We see David through the eyes of those who love him or fear him from the prophet Natan, voice of his conscience, to his wives Mikal, Avigail, and Batsheva, and finally to Solomon, the late-born son who redeems his Lear-like old age. Publication Date October 2015

 A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin

Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen. Though more improbable heroes may not be found in all of Westeros, great destinies lay ahead for these two . . . as do powerful foes, royal intrigue, and outrageous exploits.

Publication Date October 2015

  •  Other Soon-to-be-Published Popular Titles:
  •  Patriot: An Alex Hawke Novel by Ted Bell
  • Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon
  • The Diamond Caper by Peter Mayle
  • Undercover by Danielle Steel

 Items can be reserved through the Library’s Online Catalog or by calling us at 860-345-2204.

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The Books You Want, Before You Know You Want Them!

Consider adopting your favorite author in Brainerd Library’s Adopt-an-Author program. Select an author(s) whose work you want to read from our Suggested Authors list. Agree to purchase any book your author(s) writes and donate the book to Brainerd Library. (You may cancel at any time.) If you don’t see your favorite author, call Cindy Muhlbach at 860-345-2204 to see if your favorite author is available for this program. If your author is already adopted, the Library will contact you for a different choice. This program ensures that new titles of popular authors will be available in the Library and it frees up funds in the budget for additional material purchases.

We order the books for you, and you receive the Library’s discount, sometimes this can be up to 50% off retail prices.

The book will be placed on hold for you as soon as it is received and cataloged. You will then be the first to read the books and you will be able to receive a tax deduction. Please call Cindy Muhlbach at 860-345-2204 to start!

Brainerd Memorial Library 920 Saybrook Road Haddam, CT 06438 860-345-2204 

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